HAMPTON, Ga - The 2017 Furious Four offseason Legends and Bandolero racing series wrapped up with its fourth and final week Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as drivers lit up the quarter-mile “Thunder Ring” in one last tune-up session before the start of the 2017 Thursday Thunder season on June 1.
Leading off the afternoon, Pierce Brewer won the pole and led every lap of the Chargers Division feature for his first victory of the offseason. Behind him, Mark Johnson and Nick Woodall rounded out the top three.
Clay Thompson won his second straight offseason race with a dominating performance in the Young Lions Division feature. He led flag-to-flag en route to victory. Hunter Johnson finished in second, with Cale Hall in third, Ryan Rackley in fourth and Lawson Ingold in fifth.
In the Outlaws Division feature, Nathan Jackson bounced back from a 10th place finish in Week 3 to outrun the competition for his first offseason victory of 2017. Leading every lap, he paced the field to the checkered flag, holding off Blaise Maddox and Gage Roberts, who finished second and third respectively.
Carson Ruark led flag-to-flag in the Bandits Division feature, followed by Max Hennebaul and Carson’s brother, Lucas, in third place. But during the post-race technical inspection, Carson’s car was disqualified, handing the victory to Hennebaul. Lucas moved up to the runner-up spot, with Kenneth Henderson in third.
Trace Yawn turned in a strong AMS debut effort by leading all 20 laps of the Rookie Bandolero Division feature. Kelly Puckett finished second, with Aprilia Holt in third, Ford Childers in fourth and Cameron Potter in fifth.
A rain-delayed Semi-Pro Division feature saw Cody Hall lead the field to green and stay in front for one lap before Christopher Clanton took over the top spot. Clanton would remain there for two laps before the weather forced track-drying equipment onto the raceway during a nearly 45-minute delay.
Once the action resumed, Clanton would hold onto the lead for the fourth lap of the race until Jason Treschl surged ahead of the pack and stayed there for the remaining 11 laps of the abbreviated feature. Rafe Slate finished second, with Davis Rochester in third.
Bill Plemons, Jr. took the pole in the Masters Division feature and led each of the first 12 laps of the 15-lap race in what was shaping up to be a dominating flag-to-flag performance. But after some trouble behind him entering turn 2 of the 13th lap, a patient Robbie Woodall, who had been shadowing Plemons’ every move to that point, took advantage of some room to Plemons’ inside on the backstretch, and wrested the lead away with less than three laps to go.
Woodall would hold Plemons off for the final laps to claim his first victory of the offseason. Plemons finished second, with Mark Swan in third.
Dawson Fletcher made a hard race look easy, as he won the pole and led all 15 laps of the Pro Division feature against six of the other best drivers in the garage. Behind Fletcher, William Martin, Russell Fleeman, Dylan Murry and Corey Heim rounded out the top five.
Legends and Bandolero racing continues on the quarter-mile Thunder Ring on June 1 with the opening night of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s 20th anniversary season of the Thursday Thunder Legends Racing Series.
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